Airport searches unlikely to change despite protests
The Kansas City Star
State lawmakers aren’t at all happy with federal gun control efforts, Obamacare, the Environmental Protection Agency and a host of other big government intrusions.
Kansas Rep. Brett Hildabrand is adding to that list, railing in a bill against security screenings at airports. Extensive searches, metal detector use, pat-downs and X-ray devices were beefed up after the Sept. 11, 2001, disaster in which terroists took over commercial airliners and flew them into buildings in New York City and Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania.
Hildabrand thinks the aggressive security has gone too far, distressing some passengers who pose no threat to air travel, The Kansas City Star reports. But who is a terrorist and who isn’t?
Hildabrand’s bill actually has all of the force of a loud, media amplified belch. Even bringing it up in line at any airport will likely trigger (probably the wrong word) a more extensive search for the complainer by airport security.
In all cases, it’s best to keep your head down, mouth shut, smile stupidly and move along. It will be interesting to see how Hildabrand is treated at the airport by security the next time he tries to board a flight.
“Sir, can you step out of line, please,” a security officer might tell him, and then use a code in his airport security radio to announce that we got that knucklehead from Kansas.